Italy - north of mostly

Some of you may recall from another thread that I’m off to the Cineuqe Terre area in early October to meet up with friends from around Europe that also happen to be photographers. It’s our 7th or 8th such meetup.

Anyway, due to the nature of flights I’m staying on in the country for 2 full and 2 bit extra days and looking for suggestions of places you’d want to go or could recommend for me to a. fly my drone and take pics / video and b. take pics with my DSLR. As per my title this is mostly the Northern part of Italy and specifically Tuscany and nearby areas.

One place I want to go back to (sans family) is San Gimingano (or St Jimmy Jammies as my family named it) - I suspect this will be purely DSLR type photography though due to tne natureof this town,

So come on folks - tell me where you’ve flown / taken pics or plan to and why?

My current thinking is:

Part day 1 - leave AirBnB and make my way to San Gimingano / Siena / Arezzo area stay overnight here.
Day 2 - head to San Marino for a day then head up to outskirts of Venice stay overnigth here
Day 3 - Spend day in Venice, shoot sunrise and sunset if weather allows and generally be a tourist
Part day 4 - early start to Pisa - do a tourist bits then fly home.

Any - forget that or how about …? No accommodation yet booked for these extra nights so 100% flexible.

https://dronesafetymap.com/ is a good starting point for where not to fly.
Like for the UK, DJI NFZs are a simplistic global solution to preventing collision with commercial aircraft and avoiding some other sensitive areas.

That map uses more accurate data that’s relevant to drone flying.
It’s the same data as the NATS’ Drone Assist app. Perhaps there’s an Italian app … but chances are the text will be in Italian, so that site (in English) is useful in many countries.

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Thanks for that - I’m sure I’ve seen it before but had forgotten it.

And in all honesty, the drone side of it I’m not too worried about and very much more after suggestions of what I could shoot - drone or DSLR.

Have you been to Venice before? If not, I’d probably maximise time there: there’s no shortage of things to photograph, or just to see in general. I’ve been a couple of times and would go back tomorrow if I had the chance.

Yeah… I spent 4 days for my 10th WA there but that was many moons ago and I am considering that as an option.

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Of course, between Venezia and Pisa is the never-to-be-missed-even-if-you’ve-been-there-ten-times-before Firenze (Florence). … and Padua, too.

If you’re headed to Arezzo, the extra distance to Assisi should be considered.

More than cities and culture, I’m passionate about medieval Italian villages, especially those perched atop hills. Frontino (near San Marino) and Anghiari (near Arezzo) are still in my list to visit.
Some of these can be devoid of tourists … #bonus. :wink:

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Excellent suggestions - I too like medieval Italian villages so will investigate and add these to my list of possibilities.

Florence I shall leave for a return trip with SWMBO as she’d like that as well.

Better allow two weeks for Firenze in that case … and increase the budget by a factor of 10?

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